Canada qualify for first World Cup in 36 years with win over Jamaica

March 28, 2022

Canada have qualified for a men’s World Cup for the first time since 1986 after a 4-0 win over Jamaica in their penultimate qualifying match on Sunday. Victory meant Canada are guaranteed a top-three finish in qualifying for Qatar 2022.
Canada are top of the CONCACAF qualifying group and have now secured their place at a World Cup finals tournament for the first time since 1986.
Canada were the big favourites heading into the clash with Jamaica.
While the hosts were at least guaranteed a place in the intercontinental play-offs, the visitors were already eliminated as they sat second bottom of the eight-team group with just eight points.
Cyle Larin gave the Maple Leafs the advantage in the tie when he struck just 13 minutes in as Canada took possession in their own half and charged forward.
The ball was worked to Stephen Eustaquio outside the Jamaica box and he fed it through to Larin for a fine finish.
Larin is now the group’s top scorer with six goals, putting him ahead of team-mate Jonathan David.
Tajon Buchanan then doubled the home team’s lead just before half-time when a cross landed perfectly for him at the back post and he was able to knock it into the net.
Junior Hoilett then ensured the celebrations were properly up and running by scoring a third goal late in the second half, while there was time for an Adrian Mariappa own goal to make it 4-0.

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